Barbara O. Taylor, working with Beverly Bancroft and Lawrence Lezotte, founded the National Center for Effective Schools Research and Development in 1986. She served as executive director of the center in 1988 and 1989.
A consultant on school reform, school governance, and the management of change, Taylor draws on an extensive background in community planning and development, political lobbying, and program development and implementation in education at the state and local levels.
A graduate of Smith College, Taylor holds a master's degree in management from the J.L. Kellogg School and a Ph.D. in educational administration and policy studies from Northwestern University.
Pamela Bullard is a writer with degrees in law and journalism. She has reported for the New York Daily News, the Newark Star Ledger, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Herald American, where she served as education editor during Boston's desegregation crisis.
Bullard also has worked in television as a correspondent, editor, anchorwoman, and producer for WGBH-TV and WCVB-TV in Boston and for PBS. Bullard has served on the faculties of Harvard University, Boston University, and Emerson College.
Bullard's 1980 book, The Hardest Lesson, Boston's Desegregation Crisis, co-authored with Judith Stoia, won the American Christopher Award.
Pamela Bullard and Barbara Taylor's previous book together is Making School Reform Happen, published by Allyn and Bacon in 1993. That book was reprinted in 1994 by Excelsior with the title, Keepers of the Dream: The Triumph of Effective Schools.